Officers who work for the Pinellas school system, dressed in plain clothes, have recently been stopping by local schools to check on security. They may try side doors, walk in if they can, and see if anyone approaches them to say they should have checked in at the front office.
It's all part of an effort to re-evaluate security measures at schools, in light of the recent Connecticut school shootings.
Pinellas superintendent Mike Grego discussed several of those measures in a regularly scheduled meeting of principals on Thursday. The meeting was closed, but Grego talked about it afterward. He also discussed efforts to increase the police presence at many schools, in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies.
Unlike a proposal announced this week in Hillsborough County, Pinellas is not currently planning to hire new officers for the effort. But he said it's likely the board will discuss security issues in an upcoming meeting.